Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Going to the dogs

April 19, 2012

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (C) is seen here in 2008 with his grandson Parker and his son Craig greeting a dog at a campaign stop in Bluffton, South Carolina in this file photo (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst). AT LEFT: U.S. President Barack Obama bends down to pet his dog, Bo, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington March 15, 2012 (REUTERS/Larry Downing).

Washington Extra – Pump It Up

April 18, 2012
If you had to pick a name for a deli sandwich in honor of Washington, D.C., there’s one clear choice: “The Ruckus.” In the city’s super-charged atmosphere, politicians, lobbyists and hired aides can barely let anything go by without a fight. 

Washington Extra – The Romney Doctrine?

April 13, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Warwick, Rhode Island April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Washington Extra – Tea Party poopers

April 12, 2012

A man holds a sign during a March 24 Tea Party Patriots rally in Washington calling for the repeal of the 2010 healthare law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Washington Extra: Sayonara Santorum

April 11, 2012

Former presidential candidate and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is featured on a button by a supporter who also wore the politician's trademark vest in this January 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Washington Extra – Turkey talks

November 22, 2011

The good news? Thanksgiving will not be interrupted by eleventh-hour negotiations by the “super committee” to strike a deal to cut the burgeoning deficit. After months of work, the 11 men and one woman called it quits today. Their statement said “it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement.” No mention of the word on everyone’s tongues: failure.

Washington Extra – Patriotic millionaires

November 17, 2011

As Democrats and Republicans hunkered down on opposite sides of the Capitol on Wednesday, showing no signs of a compromise on slashing the deficit, a group called the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength made its move.

Washington Extra – Beware of frank

July 7, 2011

When officials in Washington describe talks as “frank,” the usual translation is: “didn’t go my way.”

Washington Extra – Tweet tweet

July 6, 2011

President Barack Obama’s Twitter Townhall would have been more interesting if he had answered tweet for tweet.

Washington Extra – Comfort zones

July 5, 2011

Senators are talking. The president is talking. But whether they are talking at or with each other is another question.